Monday, 23 November 2015

Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne

Angel Killer
By Andrew Mayne
Published by Faber & Faber (8 October 2015)
ISBN: 978-0571327607

Publisher's description
Meet Jessica Blackwood, FBI Agent and ex-illusionist.

Called in because of her past to offer expertise on the mysterious 'Warlock' case, Jessica must put all her unique knowledge to the test as the FBI try to catch a ruthless killer.

Needing to solve the unsolvable, and with the clock ticking, they're banking on her being the only one able to see beyond the Warlock's illusions.

The first in a brilliant new series, Angel Killer will have you feverishly turning the pages, and in Jessica Blackwood, Mayne has created a complex, sassy and unforgettable new heroine.

My verdict
Written by real-life magician Andrew Mayne, Angel Killer is an addictive fast-paced read. I loved it from the first page. It's intriguing, fun and something quite different from other crime novels I have read recently.

Special Agent Jessica Blackwood comes from a dynasty of gifted magicians, but gave up the stage in favour of a career in the FBI. When a mysterious killer, named the Warlock, stages crimes using illusions, Jessica is asked to act as consultant in the investigation. With her experience of stage magic and knowledge of law enforcement, Jessica is determined to find the Warlock before the body count rises.

Jessica is a feisty protagonist and I expect her character with develop further as the series continues. Through flashbacks, we delve into her past and discover why she's so determined to escape her family. She has a charming yet disturbing stalker, Damian, an ex-lover who is prepared to protect her by any means. Damian seems to be one step ahead of Jessica, being able to pre-empt the Warlock's next move and leaving Jessica clues to help with her investigation.

This is a book I couldn't put down and one that I won't forget easily. I'm now desperate to read the next in the series.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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